February 2017 Newsdumpster



What Are Our Names Again? So Great That No One is For to Give Us Pain.

The first month of our 2017 Further West Tour is now done, with a mere five to go. As usual, we had a splendid time in Florida, albeit abbreviated due to our impending tour of New Zealand next month. February will be spent mostly in the desert that is the American southwest. We love it here. Sure, it has some things in common with our home in Vermont, such as oxygen and the passage of time; otherwise, it's a different freaking planet. Here are a few of our favorite deserty things:

  • Spelled almost like dessert, which we love equally.
  • Tumbleweeds are real.
  • The dry air makes Rebecca's hair straight and manageable.
  • The dry air makes Ken's skin leathery and good for shoe making.
  • Traditional Pueblo Revival architecture is made out of adobe, which is a kind of mud, but not like Vermont mud-season mud, which is used to make ruts.
  • Hot springs--they make water heaters seem like a cruel joke.
  • Chiles come in green and red and you find them in everything from burgers to ice cream.
  • Some people like to hug trees. Some people like to hug other people. Some cactuses look like people. Do not hug them.
  • They have mesas. You can run up one side, and down the other. Go ahead--we'll wait here.

Our first of what are bound to be several Further West photo albums is here.

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Thursday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Pecos County Civic Center
1674 Airport Dr.
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
Concert sponsored by the Fort Stockton Public Library and the H. Edward Petsch Arts & Music Memorial.

Friday, February 3, 7:00 PM
Alpine Public Library
805 W. Avenue E
Alpine, TX 79830
Admission: free.

Sunday, February 5, 7:30 PM
Art of the Song Coffeehouse
5500 San Mateo Bl NE, Suite 108
Albuquerque, NM
Admission: $20. To reserve a seat, please email Katie at

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30 PM
Esther Bone Memorial Library
950 Pinetree Rd SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Admission: free.

Friday, February 10, 7:00 PM
Harmony Library
4616 S. Shields St.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Admission: free.

Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 PM
East Morgan County Library
500 Clayton Street
Brush, CO  80723
Admission: free.

 Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 PM
St. Johns Public Library
35 South 3rd West
St. Johns, AZ  85936
Phone: 928-337-4405
Admission: free.

 Saturday, February 25, 2:00 PM
Torrance Public Library
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA  90503
Admission: free.

Sunday, February 26, 10:30 AM
Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society
9550 Haskell Ave.
North Hills, CA  91343

Friday, 3 March, 6:00 PM
Timaru Library
56 Sophia Street
Timaru 7910
New Zealand
Phone: 03 687 7202
Admission: free.

Saturday 4 March, 7:30 PM
The New Edinburgh Folk Club
950 Dundas St.
North Dunedin
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Sunday, 5 March, 7:30 PM
The Christchurch Folk Club
The Irish Society Hall
29 Domain Terrace
Christchurch 8024
New Zealand
Tickets: members $8.00; non-members $12.00; students $5.00.

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